These are my notes from a conversation with Lloyd about 1981. — jk

Lloyd Clinton McKENNEY started school at about the age of 6 at the Crockett schoolhouse in Chautauqua County, Kansas which was located 1/4 mile from the main house. He says the kitchen at the farm house was the full width of the main house, a step or two down from it. One walked out of the kitchen into the cellar, the front of it was a concrete wall. It was a large room used as a refrigerator. Above it was the cellar house where the hired man lived. One could walk out of the second story of the main house and across the roof of the kitchen–it was used as a sleeping area during the summer time–and down the steps to the cellar house.

The family income came mostly from oil field teeming operations. James (Lloyd’s father) had teems working in oil fields–moved drilling rigs and took care of property. Run by horse power; father usually had two wagons. The farm was set up for two operations: grandfather Samuel Kelly CROCKETT had the North barn and buildings while James had the South barn, granaries and buildings.

This was how things were until Lloyd was 12. Then his parents moved in with his grandparents.

There were now three generations living in the house and this made it the meeting place. There was always company.

Heat came from a gas well on the farm, as well as light, gaslights.

The “old farmhouse” had burned with Lloyd was not a year old, a blaze in which James Kelly Crockett died. The new farmhouse was built.

The schoolhouse itself was only two rooms. It had a principal and one other teacher.

Grandfather George Washington McKENNEY Jr. gave Lloyd a horse when he was about five.

Lloyd started farming and driving a car when he was six. There was no age limit on driving then. The roads were hills and rock.

The milk cows were turned out onto the open range. The lead cow had a bell and that’s how one would find the cows if they didn’t come up. One had to go and find them with the help of that bell.

The farm had wheat, corn, oats. They didn’t sell the grain but fed it to the livestock. Little fields. 10 to 20 acres.

There was no high school nearby.

When Lloyd was 12 he was sent to Sedan, the county seat. The Crockett grandparents had moved there by this time. An uncle’s wife had died and left three children: the Crocketts took care of them. (This was probably George Keithly Crockett’s wife who died, Blanch Margaret Landis. She died 3 June 1921 and Lloyd would have been 12 that year.)

Lloyd left the farm for good when he was sixteen. In his senior year he went to Bonner Springs and lived with relatives–a sister of Vera, his mother.

After graduation from business college Lloyd was secretary to the master mechanic at Chanute, KS on the RR.


Lloyd had some photos which are not on the website. I (JMK) recorded descriptions of them back bout 1981 when I saw them. Following are the descriptions.

There is a photo from the early 1900s, a family portrait of George Washington McKENNEY Jr. and his wife and their children before the farmhouse, George etc. Lloyd says, “George did more work doing nothing.” Was lazy but good natured and the depression really hurt him. In the picture the sons all have plain, simple expressions. There are lace curtains hanging in the simple frame windows of the house. Note: Because I wrote sons, and George McKenney Jr. only had one son, I’m thinking instead this may have been a photo of the family of Samuel Kelly Crockett, father of Vera who married James Albert McKenney, George McKenney’s son. Samuel Kelly Crockett had five sons.

Lloyd’s Chautauqua High School picture from when he was 14, 1923-24. His second cousin George JACK is in the picture–tall, a basketball player. George is a handsome youth with strong features, wearing a white sweater. He played basketball in Pittsburgh. The depression hit this George hard as well; he couldn’t find work. He died when he was only 24 years old with a wasting disease Lloyd doesn’t recollect the name of. In front of this brick schoolhouse, in the sun, on the steps, is Lloyd dressed in a shirt and tie. He looks very young and a little soft compared to some of the other students. Beside him stands a fellow Lloyd identifies as Tuton Fuller, a trapper. Lloyd says Fuller lived a “tough life” in scrub oak or what is called “black jack timber”. The rest of the bunch is a mix of fellows in limp shirts, straggly longish hair, work-worn boots and youths dressed in sharp shirts, ties, bowties. The girls wear longish, shapeless dresses, waistlines about their hips, short squared-off hair. Pauline JACK, sister of George is in the photo. Lloyd says the school no longer exists.

There is a photo of G. W. MCKENNEY Jr. He and Belle in younger times. Addie MCWHIRT, looking a bit plain, wears granny type glasses and a sour expression. George is relaxed, in his prime–handlebar mustache, white shirt, pocket watch with a bullet hanging from the chain. Lloyd identifies him as being the one who made the Oklahoma land run. He had gone out prior to the run and chosen the land he wanted. By the time he got out there were squatters (“sooners”) already on the land–people who had cheated by coming in the back way. As he was not able to prove that they had not participated in the run he lost the case. The bullet probably dangles from his chain because he was a sheriff in Chautauqua (Note: sheriff’s deputy). Lloyd says he was five feet six inches tall.

There is a picture of the old Crockett farmhouse. George W. MCKENNEY JR. and Belle stand beside it, rather stiff and staunch. The yard is brush. The men wear overalls. The women wear sun hats made of straw. The farmhouse looks plain, laid bare to the sun. Baked.

The picture of the Crockett schoolhouse shows it stands on bare earth. Lloyd is very young in this picture, eight or nine years of age. The little girls wear dark stockings, low sash dresses with skirts cut just below their knees, high-top boots. The boys are dressed in overalls or trousers and newspaper boy caps. Three girls to one side hold hands. There are older girls who appear to almost be women. A tall, smiling figure of a boy wears a man’s hat and overalls–Lloyd says this fellow never made it past the third grade, but he looks to be about the most proud of the bunch here.

Dorothy and Lloyd’s wedding picture. He’s a handsome, slender youth with deep-set eyes. Dorothy looks essentially the same as when older–dressed very prettily with the jewels about her neck, the fashionably crimped hair, the black strap dress with its sheer black cover-up. A very handsome picture of the both of them. This photo is in the photo portion of the website.

A picture of James Albert McKENNEY. He always looks stern and stiff in his photos.

Another photo of the CROCKETT schoolhouse, but this is from when Vera CROCKETT was a girl. The women wear their hair pulled to the top of their heads, high-neck white blouses and high laced boots.

A photo of James Albert MCKENNEY, Samuel Kelly CROCKETT with other men and their teams of horses.

Baby pictures of George JACK, very full of life. Baby pictures of Lloyd.

There is an old photo of Lloyd as a radio announcer.

An old photo of Lela and Thelma together.

McKenney Bible Images

Thanks to my cousins for sending photocopies of these pages to me.

Lloyd McKenney’s bible was used for recording some family history. I didn’t see it until about 2003. The genealogy I received as a child wasn’t in the bible, it was instead on loose paper, but in the case of the Hackney and McKenney families it was much as in the bible. The Crockett’s went back more generations.

We have a page recording the bible was a gift from a Rev. Paul Barth of the First Luther Church of Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1944.

All the below images link to larger images.

The below page records a brief history of Samuel and Sadie Elizabeth Hackney Crockett, written by Sadie on Sep 29, 1931, transcribed by Lloyd into the bible.

The below page is Lloyd’s recording of the McKenney line from George W. McKenney and Isabel. A good bit of info was missing on the family at that time.

The below page concerns again the Hackneys and also the Crocketts.

Lloyd notes a trip made to Tennessee to try to verify the Crockett genealogy.

Lloyd writes of the gift of the bible to him and that his sister, Thelma, had it rebound for him.

Lloyd’s notes on bible verses.

McKenney and Crockett Families


Retouched Crocketts and Sparks and McKenneys

This picture is courtesy of Larry McCombs. The man on the left is Samuel Kelly Crockett. Larry guesses the young girl with short hair standing beside him could be Thelma McKenney. The woman central in the photo is Belle Sparks McKenney, wife of G. W. McKenney Jr. To her right is (my guess) Sadie Hackney Crockett, Samuel’s wife. I’ve another picture of Samuel Crockett and Sadie and this is definitely her.

I could be wrong but because of the women’s dresses being as they are I would think it is in the mid 1920s? Belle was 57 in 1925 and Samuel Crockett was 70 and Sadie was 68. Thelma was born in 1911 and so if the picture was taken as late as 1926 she would have been 15.

The young woman on the far left is Lela McKenney, b. 1914, sister of Thelma and Lloyd McKenney (Lloyd would have by now been living with the Flemings). She would have been, if this is in 1926, only 12 years of age but I do believe this is her. In a 1946 photo, Lela stands in a similar position and appears to be the same individual as the girl at the left here, looking in the 1946 photo as if she is considerably taller than Thelma, and at least in the photo gives the appearance of being a little older than her though she is younger.

Samuel and Sadie Crockett went to live in Sedan (away from the farm) after 1920 (this noted because Lloyd moved in with them to go to school) to take care of the children of their son George Keithly Crockett, his wife Blanch Landis having died in 1921. George and Blanch had three children: Lillian b. 1912, Harold b. 1914, and William b. 1917. I am thinking perhaps these three children are the two boys and the girl on the right in the picture, though they seem younger. Hopefully, some day one of the Crockett descendants will happen through here and be able to identify these two boys and the girl.

As for the older woman standing next to Sadie Hackney Crockett, on the right of the photo, I’m thinking she looks a bit like Sadie. Could she have possibly been her sister, Susan? However, Susan was several years younger and this woman looks older, though this could be a trick of light. Unfortunately, though I know from family records that Susan died in 1941, I don’t know the name of her husband and thus have nothing on her after 1888 Dec 25, when she was married. Again, ultimately, this is an unidentified woman, it’d be careless of me to presume anything other, and it would be nice to get an id on her.

James Albert McKenney Family Photo, circa 1922

Touched up.


Original scan. Image courtesy of descendents of Mabel Clair (McKenney) Tripp.

Family of James Albert McKenney and Vera Crockett. Right to left: Lela, James, Lloyd (in rear), Vera, and Thelma. Making a guess that this was circa 1922 when Lloyd was about 13, Thelma about 11 and Lela about 8.

For more information on the family, see this post.

James Albert McKenney (1884-1971) was born and died in Chautauqua County, Kansas. His first wife, Vera Crockett (1886-1933), was also born in Chautauqua County, Kansas and died there. James Albert was a son of George Washington McKenney Jr. and Belle Sparks. Vera was a daughter of Samuel Kelly Crockett and Sarah “Sadie” Elizabeth Hackney. Their children were: Mildred May (1907-1907), Lloyd Clinton (1909-1992), Thelma Allena (1911-1992) and Lela Muriel (1914-1991).

James Albert McKenney and Vera Crockett

Photoshopped version. This would be their wedding photo from 1904. Vera’s in a lovely dress.

Original version courtesy of Mabel Tripp family.

James Albert McKenney, son of George Washington McKenney Jr. and Belle Sparks, was born 1884 March 22 in Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas and died 1971 May 30 in the same.

On 1904 Oct 23 he married (1) Vera Crockett, daughter of Samuel Kelly Crockett and Sarah “Sadie” Elizabeth Hackney. She was born 1886 March 1 and died 1933 March 6 in Chautauqua County, Kansas. After Vera’s death, on 1935 Oct 26 James married Ada Brunger who was born 1891 July 21 in Chautauqua County, Kansas and died August of 1985.

Ada’s first husband was Robert L. Sanborn, born 1889 Sept 12, died 1929 Dec 4. Robert and Ada had a son, Meredith B. Sanborn b. about 1922 in Kansas. *

Continuing on. James Albert McKenney and Vera had 4 children.

  1. Mildred May was born 1907 May 15 at the old Crockett farmhouse in Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas. She died 1907 May 18 and is buried at El Cado Cemetery in Chautauqua.
  2. Lloyd Clinton was born 1909 Jan 28, again at the old Crockett farmhouse. He would marry Dorothy Nadeen Noyes. DIRECT LINE.
  3. Thelma Allena was born at the new Crockett farmhouse on 1911 May 11, the old one having been destroyed by fire Oct 12 1909, killing Vera’s grandfather, James Kelly Crockett.
  4. Lela Muriel was born 1914 July 19 at the new Crockett farmhouse and died 1991 May 30 in , Bexar, Texas. On 1935 June 5, she married John R. Ziegler who was born 1913 July 27 in Texas and died 1988 Feb 12 at , Kerr, Texas.

Other than the fact he had a farm and was part owner of a feed store in Sedan, I don’t know much about the life of James Albert McKenney. He spent his childhood between 1888 and 1897 on the Osage Reserve and in Kay County, Oklahoma. By the 1900 census his family is back in Chautauqua. In 1904 he married Vera there.

State of Kansas, Chautauqua County, ss.
In the Probate Court of said County and State.
James A. McKinney, who now here makes application for marriage license, addressed to any person authorized by law to join in marriage the said James A. McKinney, aged 21 years and Vera Crockett, aged 18 years, being by me first duly sworn doth say, that they have the unqualified consent of their parents in their marriage, and that neither of said parties has been divorced by the decree of any Court in this State within six months last past.
And that they, the said James A. McKinney and Vera Crockett are not related to each other in the degrees prohibited by law, to wit: Parent and child, grandparent and grandchild of any degree, broth and sister of either of the one-half or of the whole blood, uncle and niece aunt and nephew, nor first cousins; and that there exists no legal impediment to said marriage.
Signed: J. A. McKinney
In testimony whereof, I the undersigned, Judge of the Probate Court in and for Chautauqua County, and ex-official Clerk thereof, have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said court, at my office this 22 day of October 1904.
No. 376
Sig. W. Stucky
FIled 22 day of October

State of Kansas Chautauqua County ss.
Sedan, Kansas, October 22 AD 1806
To any Person Authorized by Law to Perform the Marriage Ceremony, Greetings,
You are hereby authorized to join in marriage
James A. McKenney of Chautauqua, aged 21 years
and Vera Crockett of Peru Kansas aged 18 years,
and of this License you will make due return to my office within thirty days.
Sig. W. Stucky
Probate Judge

State of Kansas, Chautauqua County SS.
I, W. Stucky do hereby certify, that in accordance with the authorization of the within license, I did on the 23rd day of October A.D. 1904, at Sedan, in said County, join and unite in Marriage the above named James A. McKenney and Vera Crockett.
Witness my seal the day and year above written.
W. Stucky, Probate Judge.
Filed 23 day of October 1904.
W. Stucky

In the 1905 census, James Albert and Vera are living next to James’ parents. On the other side are the Godwin’s with Weltha McCormick in the household. Weltha was a daughter of Samuel and Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick, Mary Elizabeth being a sister of Belle Sparks, so Weltha was a first cousin of James.

1905 Chautauqua, Chautauqua, Kansas

9/9 REVLETT J S 28 b. Osage Nation from Osage Nation
A L 28 b. IA from IA
Tessie 6 b. KS from KS
L 4
10/10 LYNN RS 40 b. IN from COL
F E 41 b. IL from COL
Lura 11 b. IL from IL
Edith 9 b. IL from COL
11/11 HENDERSON J L 33 b. PA from OH
ME 31 b. IL from IL
CANVILLE Rena10 b. Osage Nation
12/12 CALLAHAN W L 23 b. Osage Nation
Anna (line 6) 26 b. Iowa from Osage Nation
Leo 7 b.Osage Nation from Osage Nation
Charles 5 b. Osage Nation
Mary 3 b. KS from KS
Gertrude 1 b. KS from KS
SHAW Adie 20 b. Osage Nation from ON
AVERY Emma 23 b. KS from KS
SHAW Robert 15 b. Osage Nation from ON
13/13 NESSELROAD W B 26 b. WV and LB 20 b. KS
14/14 MCKINNEY George 43 (line 19) b. Iowa from Iowa carpenter
Belle 37 b. Illinois from Illinois
May Belle 16 b. KS from KS
Carrie 7 b. OK from OK
G W 73 b. OH from Iowa common laborer
15/15 MCKENNEY Albert 21 b. KS from KS carpenter
Vera 19 b. KS from KS
16/16 GODWIN J F 35 b. IN from IN
Emma 33 b. MO from MO
V… 7 female b. KS from KS
James 6
Arthur 7
Carl infant
MCCORMAC Weltha 20

James and Vera were 23 and 21 at the time of Mildred May’s birth and dead in the spring of 1907.

They were about 24 and 22 when Lloyd Clinton was born in 1909.

Again, in 1910, James and Vera are living next to James’ parents. To either side are relatives of the Crocketts, the Stricklins and Jacks.

22 April pg. 6A

5/5 BROCKEY Nathaniel head mw (age unable to read) md 29? b. OH father b. PA mother b. PA Farmer owns
Lula Wife fw 39 md 8 3 children 3 surviving b. MO father b. MO mother b. MO
Estill Son mw 7 b. KS father b. OH mother b. MO
Gladys Daughter fw 5 b. KS father b. OH mother b. MO
Burris Daughter fw 3 b. KS father b. OH mother b. MO
CROCKETT Milly mother-in-law fw 74 wd b. MO father b. MO mother b. MO

6/6 CROCKETT Samuel Head mw 54 md 27 b. MO father b. MO mother b. MO Farmer owns
Sadie Wife fw 52 md 27 7 children 5 surviving b. IA father b. OH mother b. OH
George Son mw 30 s b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA Farm laborer on Home Farm
Dorothy Daughter fw 17 s b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA

7/7 CROCKETT Buell head mw 25 md 2 b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA Pumper at Oil Field for wages
Lillian Wife fw 21 md 2 b. KS father b. IA mother b. NE
8/8 CROCKETT Charles head mw 22 md 1 b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA Pumper at oil field for wages
Dena Wife fw 22 ? md 1 b. MO father b. MO mother b. AR

22 April pg. 6B
12/12 STRICKLIN James head m w 32 md 11 b. MO father b. MO mother b. IA Pumper Oil lease wages
Sadie wife f w 29 md 11 3 children 3 surviving b. KS parents b. IL
Sadie daughter f w 10 b. KS
Russell son m w 8 b. KS
Glendon son m w 4 b. KS
13/13 SHOBE John and family

25 April 7B
3/3 STRICKLIN Michael Head mw 67 md 35 b. MO father b. TN mother b. KY Farmer on own farm
Gormelia Wife fw 55 md 35 11 children 9 surviving b. IA parents b. OH
Thomas Son mw 30 s b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA
William Son ms 23 s b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA
Ivy? Son mw 17 s b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA

McKENNEY Albert m w 26 b. Kansas father-Iowa mother-Indiana
Vera (CROCKETT) f w age 24 b. Kansas father-Missouri mother-Iowa
Loyd w m 1 b. Kansas father-Missouri mother-Missouri

Pg. 18
McKENNEY James m w 47 m. 26 years b. Iowa f-Ohio m-Pennsylvania
Bell f w 42 b. Illinois f-Indiana m-Indiana
Carrie f w 12 b. Kansas f-Iowa m-Illinois
James W. (father) m w age 78 b. Ohio f-Ireland m-Pennsylvania
SPARKS Clara (reads may be mother’s sister) f w 76 had 9 children, 4 surviving, b.Ind father-Ohio mother-Maryland

p. 20
51/51 JACK William G. b. IA father b. Ireland mother b. Iowa
Ermie wife 2 children 2 surviving b. KS father b. Ohio mother b. Missouri
George E. b. KS
Pauline b. KS

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas; Roll: T624_433; Page: 23A; Enumeration District: 1; Image: 1229.
1010 CHITTENDON John J. 51 md 30 y b. IL father b. KY mother b. TN
Sada 49 4 of 4 children surviving b. IL parents b. OH
Fay 29 b. IA parents b. IL
Ross 22 b. KS parents b. IL
Everett 14
Dora 16

In 1911 Thelma was born, then Lela in 1914.

The 1915 census shows the family living in Chautauqua now beside Vera’s parents and Elouise Crockett Brockey and her husband, Nathaniel, Eloise an aunt of Vera’s.

1915 Chautauqua County, Kansas
pg. 34 of 82
John W. DARNELL family
John HULL family
J. A. MCKENNEY 31 KS Farmer
Vera 29
Loyd 6
Thelma 3
Lela 9 months
Sada 57 IA
M. BROCKEY 66 OH Farmer
Louisa 44 MO
Estel 12 KS
Gladis 10
Bernice 8

The 1920 census shows James and his wife sharing the household with Vera’s parents.

1920 Belleville, Chautauqua County, Kansas
2nd Feb. pg. 20B
MCKENNEY James A. Rents 35 b. KS father b. IN mother b.IL farmer
Vera C. wife 33 b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA
Loyd C. son 11 b. KS
Thelma E. daughter 8 b. KS
Lela M. daughter 5 b. KS
188/189 CROCKETT Samuel head owns free mw 64 md b. MO parents b. MO Farmer owns own farm #125
Sadie H. wife fw 62 md b. IA parents b. IA

In 1928 their son Lloyd Clinton married Dorothy Noyes.

In 1930 James Albert is living in the household of Vera’s parents.

(Image 7) pg. 4a
West Beadley Street
84/91 SHREVE Larry H. $4600 57 b. PA father b. PA mother b. NY
Della 46 b. KS father b. OH mother b. IN
Eveline 24 b. KS
Edythe U. 21
Martha A. 16
DRAKE Noama M. mother-in-law 68 married at 20 b. OH parents b. OH
95/92 CROCKETT Samuel K. $3000 74 married at 27 b. MO parents b. MO
Sarah H. 72 married at 25 b. IA parents b. OH
/95 MCKENNEY James A. $15 46 married at 20 b. KS parents b. IA Retail Market, Flour & Feed
Vera 44 married at 18 b. KS
Thelma 18
Lela M. 15

Thelma, their daughter, is instead recorded in the 1930 census in Cowley Co. in the household of Buell Kelly Crockett, her uncle.

Next door to the Crocketts and Thelma McKenney is Charles Fuller, a mixed-blood descendant of the Great Nemaha Reserve Loise/Baradas. That year (I believe) Charles will marry Cappie Trent, mixed blood Cherokee, her parents being Jefferson Trent and Sadie Bell McWhirt (who married second John Bigheart). Sadie was a daughter of James Marion McWhirt, brother of Samuel Alvin, and was a niece of Addie McKenney McWhirt.

Jefferson Trent was a nephew of Felix Quinton who was married to Julia Martin, daughter of Alexander Martin.

1900 , , Osage Indian Reservation, Oklahoma Indian Territory
pg. 92 (or 213) sheet no. 17?, 8 and 9 June
33/34 QUINTON Felix head Sept 1864 43 b. TX father b. TX mother b. IT Farmer Cherokee and parents Cherokee Blood=1/2
Julia wife (illegible) b. IT parents b. IT Rations Indian, Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Elizabeth daughter May 1884 16 b. IT father b. TX mother b. IT At school, Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Franklin son Dec 1887 13 b. OK School Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Joel son July 1888 11 b. OK School Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Lillian? daughter May 1892 8 b. OK Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Agnes daughter Feb 1894 6 b. OK Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Pearlina daughter April 1897 3 b. OK Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
TRENT Jefferson nephew Dec 1887 13 b. OK father b. TX mother b. IT Farm laborer, Cherokee, parents Cherokee, blood=1/2
DENTON John servant April 1886 14 b. IT parents b. IT Farm laborer, Cherokee, father Cherokee, mother white blood=1/2

Franklin Tripp, who married Mable Clair McKenney, James Albert McKenney’s sister, was living in Cowley Co. Arkansas City in 1920. He was a son of James Tripp and Jennie McWhirt (a sister of Samuel Alvin), who married second Mary Elizabeth Sparks, sister of Belle Sparks McKenney.

STONE, Murry Own $7000 R 38 b. NY parents b. NY
Sarah E. wife 35, married at 16 b. IL father b. VA mother b. IL
FULLER, Charles E. stepson 18 b. KS, mixed blood Osage, attended school
OTEY, Sarah E. mother-in-law 73 married at 15, b. IL father b. KY mother b. TN
111 CROCKETT, Buell K. head R $20 45 married at 22 b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA, Salesman at an automobile sales room
Lillian D. wife 40 married at 18 b. KS father b. IN mother b. IA
Marjorie D. 19 b. KS parents b. KS, attended school
Dorothy E. 17 b. KS parents b. KS, attended school
MCKENNEY, Thelma niece 18 b. KS parents b. KS, attended school

In 1931, James Albert’s sibling Carrie Isabel died. Then on March 6 1933 his wife, Vera, died after 28 years of marriage. She was only 47.

On June 5 1935, James’ last child marries. A few months later, in the fall, James married Ada. Two short months later James’ mother, Belle, died at the age of 67.

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* Seven degrees of separation notes: a 1st cousin of Robert was Irvin Jay Sanborn who married Iantha May Copple in Chautauqua. Iantha’s mother was Elmira Belle Heavlin, granddaughter of a Samuel D. Heavlin from Harrison County, Ohio. Samuel’s brother appears to have been perhaps Stephen H. Heavlin who married Elizabeth McKinney in 1846 in Harrison. Elizabeth McKinney’s grandfather was a George McKinney Sr. b. 1760 in Ireland, died 1845 in same. No idea if he is related to our McKenneys. But it’s been considered a possibility.

Another possible former connection with the McKenneys is Iantha’s grandfather, John, had a brother named William in whose house Benjamin Sparks (James Albert McKenney’s mother) was living in 1880.

And there’s even another convoluted connection.

Rebecca Partelow (connected with the McKenneys and Hackneys beginning in Van Buren, Iowa) married a William Joshua Lovell in 1876. William’s mother was Catherine Murphy. Her brother Harvey married a Barbara Ann Logan, daughter of an Elizabeth Spoonamore. Their son, William Henry Murphy, married Margaret Copple, another daughter of William and Elmira Heavlin Copple’s.

Elizabeth Spoonamore’s brother, John Newton, was married to an Amanda Baxter. It was Thomas Merrit Baxter with whom George Washington McKenney Jr. was living in 1875, boarded out after his mother’s death. Elizabeth and John Newton Spoonamore’s first cousin was William Spoonamore, whose son Isaac married Emma Jane Franklin, first cousin of Emma Brien who married Perry Partelow, nephew of Rebecca.

Lloyd C. McKenney with Dorothy Noyes and Siblings

This photo is circa 1985 at the home of Lloyd and Dorothy at Carthage, Missouri. It shows, left to right, Dorothy Noyes McKenney, Lloyd Clinton McKenney, Lela McKenney Zieglar and Thelma McKenney.

Photo of James Albert McKenney and Family

James Albert McKenney and family
Lela, Ada, James Albert McKeney, Thelma

Photo of James Albert McKenney b. 1884, daughters Lela b. 1914 and Thelma b. 1911, 2nd wife Ada Brunger Sanborn McKenney . 1891. The photo was likely taken in Sedan, Chautauqua County, Kansas. The date is unknown but I would speculate it was taken some time in the mid to late 1940s.